River Bank Clean-Up, Part II

By Matthew Williams

Think you missed your chance to lend a hand cleaning up the Olentangy River bank? Have we got good news for you! In anticipation of the start of construction on Harrison Park, the Harrison West Society will be holding a second River Bank Clean-Up on Saturday, September 11 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. There’s still lots of clearing to be done.

Our focus will be on cutting down invasive and unhealthy trees and brush. We’ll need lots of hands, but none of the work will be too difficult. We’ll need help making sure everyone stays hydrated and getting lunch set up (which will likely mean ordering pizza and waiting for it to be delivered) as well as cutting and chopping and hauling.

If you’re able to get down and dirty in the underbrush, remember to wear clothing that covers you fully, including gloves and boots. A lot of poison ivy is entangled with the brush, and the mosquitoes will be out. (Volunteers who were fully covered during the first clean-up didn’t get bites or poison ivy even though some of them were in the weeds for sixteen hours.) Bring tools if you have them—ropes, clippers, loppers, and rakes will all be useful. We’ll provide chainsaws and a chipper (no one will be asked to use either; we’ll leave those to the pros.)

Please plan to lend a hand on September 11 and help make Harrison Park our neighborhood gem.

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